NFL notebook: Eagles counting on Bradley

Jaguars sign QB Edwards

September 29, 2010

Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley's return to the lineup gave the Eagles' defense a big lift Sunday.

Bradley, who missed the second half of the Eagles' Week 1 loss to Green Bay as well as their Week 2 win over Detroit with a concussion, helped the Eagles hold Jacksonville without a touchdown in their 28-3 romp over the Jaguars.

In the six quarters that Bradley has played this season, the Eagles have given up just 16 points. In the 6 he's been on the sideline, they've allowed 49.

"Getting Stew back was big," said strong safety Quintin Mikell. "He's one of the top linebackers in the league. The centerpiece of our defense. When he's not in there, it makes a big difference."

Bradley only had four tackles, but was a key to the Eagles' success in stopping the Jags' Maurice Jones-Drew, who was held to 3.7 yards per carry in the first three quarters. He's also important to the Eagles' coverage success against tight ends.

He helped hold the Packers' Jermichael Finley to four catches for 47 yards in Week 1. On Sunday, the Eagles held Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis to three catches for 15 yards.

Jaguars claim QB Trent Edwards

Quarterback Trent Edwards was claimed by Jacksonville off waivers, according to his agent.

The Buffalo Bills waived Edwards on Monday after he lost his starting job to Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Edwards, 26, began the season as the Bills quarterback but was benched after throwing for only 241 yards and one touchdown in his first two games, both losses. A former third-round pick from Stanford, Edwards is likely to backup Jaguars starter David Garrard.

In his four seasons with Buffalo, Edwards threw for 25 touchdowns, 27 interceptions with a passer rating of 76.8.

Stafford and Okung to practice

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to test his injured throwing shoulder this week, the Detroit Free Press reported. Stafford hurt his right shoulder in the season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 12.

Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung is expected to practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a high- ankle sprain on Aug. 21. The 22-year-old Okung, who played for Oklahoma State, was the No. 6 pick in this year's NFL Draft.

Saints sign veteran kicker Carney

The New Orleans Saints signed John Carney, 46, to a one-year contract Tuesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

Saints' kicker Garrett Hartley, 24, has missed three of seven field goals this season. Last season the Saints had both kickers on their roster most of the season. Carney made 13 of 17 field goals with New Orleans in 2009.

Steelers' Batch gets another start

Quarterback Charlie Batch will start again for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's home game against NFC North rival Baltimore.

Batch, 35, last Sunday passed for 186 yards and three scores while connecting on 12 of 17 passes in the Pittsburgh's 38-13 demolishing to the Buccaneers. He was picked off twice.

"Guys have a great deal of confidence in him," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

Sunday's game is the final one Pittsburgh will have to play without suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Tomlin said that Byron Leftwich, who will back up Batch on Sunday, is "fine."

Batch, a 13-year veteran, was pressed into duty on Sept. 19 at Tennessee when Dennis Dixon went down with a left knee injury.

Injury updates: Colts' wide receiver Blair White will likely remain on the active roster for awhile, Colts president Bill Polian said. White was signed off the practice squad on Saturday and had three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL game last weekend. Polian said wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez was unlikely to play this weekend…Colts safety Bob Sanders continues to rehab from surgery a couple  weeks ago to repair a torn right biceps muscle. "It's probably four to six weeks before we'll have a handle on his recovery," Polian said

— Tribune wire services

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